2.2. THE GREAT GATSBY Considered as Fitzgerald’s masterpiece, The Great Gatsby offers a similar point of view about women in the 1920s. In this novel, there are three remarkable female characters. The first of them is Daisy Buchanan, the leading female character. She represents Jay Gatsby’s lifegoal; she is a pretty, young woman who had an affair with Gatsby before he went to the Great War. She is married to Tom Buchanan and is Nick Carraway’s (the narrator) cousin. Secondly, Jordan Baker; she is cynical and self-centered. A competitive golfer; she is a stunning boyish woman who is romantically involved with Nick Caraway eventually. Last but not least, Myrtle Wilson; she is Tom Buchanan’s lover. A fierce and lively woman who, tired of her …show more content…
It is inevitable for Nick, when describing her for the first time, to pay attention to her boyish features and the hardness of her body’s lines:
“I looked at Miss Baker wondering what it was she ‘got done.’ I enjoyed looking at her. She was a slender, small breasted girl, with an erect carriage which she accentuated by throwing her body backward at the shoulders like a young cadet. Her grey sun-strained eyes looked back at me with polite reciprocal curiosity out of a wan, charming discontented face. It occurred to me now that I had seen her, or a picture of her, somewhere before” (9).
She is as cruel, cynical, strong-willed and hard as Marjorie. She seems to flirt with Nick for the same reasons Marjorie would flirt with a “sad bird” (as she called them in the short story). Once Jordan knows that she will not take anything from him, she leaves him and starts looking for a more suitable man. She is a side-show character but, by being there, Fitzgerald is remarking the role of these new women which, in this case, seem to have the same flaws as in “Bernice Bobs Her …show more content…
Women in Fitzgerald’s literature cannot achieve their goals; it does not matter if they belong to the “old” or the “new” school, nor the upper or lower stages in the social scale. It is hard to determine if the woman’s question was as Fitzgerald depicts but, anyhow, he is mirroring the society where he lives in many different aspects. As a male author, he probably cannot provide a complete view of this topic. Notwithstanding, he masters the narrative technique to portray 1920s’ American society and his work can be considered as a faithful chronicle of that
The novel The Great Gatsby by Scott Fitzgerald has many characters that are introduced in the beginning chapters of the novel. Some of the characters were Nick Carraway, Jordan Baker, Jay Gatsby, Tom Buchanan, and lasty Daisy Buchanan. Daisy Buchanan stuck out the most to throughout the novel. Daisy shows to be a victim, a siren, and a temptress. Daisy is a victim to her husband Tom Buchanan.
Through use of comparison between Daisy Buchanan, Myrtle Wilson, and Jordan Baker, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s message about women and feminine power is that having a man deprives the women of their power, ranking higher in social standards deepens the wound of selfishness, and being deceptive
There are many reasons why Nick would like or dislike each one of these stereotyped woman. Daisy Buchanan, Myrtle Wilson, and Jordan Baker are examples of the key differences in each stereotyped women. Daisy Buchanan is Nick Carraway’s cousin, and Tom Buchanan’s wife. Out of the three stereotypes, Daisy Buchanan is a “golden girl”, for the reason that he has a powerful amount of money, and she talks and acts like
In today’s duplicitous society, men often pursue the “perfect woman”. This woman is construed to be; fit, provocative and ravishing. However, in greatly distinguished American novel, The Great Gatsby, the men have strayed from stalking women for their looks. Instead, Gatsby chases Daisy to achieve her as a prize of his bounty and any affection Gatsby demonstrates toward her, is simply to appease to her sense of status and wealth. The author F. Scott Fitzgerald, exhibits Gatsby’s these feelings for Daisy through the clever usage of connotation, symbolism and metaphors.
There are several reasons why Nick would like or dislike each one of these stereotyped women. Daisy Buchanan, Myrtle Wilson, and Jordan Baker are examples of the key differences in each stereotyped woman. Daisy Buchanan is Nick Carraway’s cousin, and Tom Buchanan’s wife. Out of the three stereotypes, Daisy Buchanan is a “golden girl”, for the reason that he has a powerful amount of money, and she talks and acts like she has tons of it. Nick says that “That was it.
F. Scott Fitzgerald’s 1925 novel, The Great Gatsby, is full of themes of wealth, love, and tragedy, as well as a subtle but powerful representation of gender. During the time this book was written, women’s suffrage had begun, so women were taking their first steps towards equality with men. The three main women characters in the novel - Daisy Buchanan, Myrtle Wilson, and Jordan Baker- all have things in common but can be vastly different; they reflect both man and society’s view of women in the early 20th century. The Great Gatsby portrays the characters Daisy, Myrtle, and Jordan as stereotypes of women during the 1920s, which is shown through their behavior, beliefs, and ultimate fates and their personalities display both powerful and potentially harmful stereotypes of women at this time.
“I hope she’ll be a fool--that’s the best thing a girl can be in this world, beautiful little fool”(Fitzgerald 17). This line, stated by Daisy, accurately demonstrates the perception of women during the 1920s. Women were seen as objects and deemed incapable of intelligent thought. In The Great Gatsby, author F. Scott Fitzgerald portrays women based on similar stereotypes from this time period. Daisy Buchanan, Myrtle Wilson, and Jordan Baker are all prominent female characters in the story whose behaviors and actions, although different, showcase the common desires and struggles of women at the time.
“The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald, exposes the American Society during the 1920’s. The author displays many heroes and villain throughout the book. The characters in the novel are mostly mixtures of good and evil. Although the book does not clearly delineate the villains or heroes, there is one character who tends to stand out as a villain known as Tom Buchanan. Tom Buchanan is a major character in the book.
In The Great Gatsby, Fitzgerald portrays the themes of love, lust and obsession, through the character of Jay Gatsby, who confuses lust and obsession with love. The character of Jay Gatsby was a wealthy business man, who the author developed as arrogant and tasteless. Gatsby 's love interest, Daisy Buchanan, was a subdued socialite who was married to the dim witted Tom Buchanan. She is the perfect example of how women of her level of society were supposed to act in her day. The circumstances surrounding Gatsby and Daisy 's relationship kept them eternally apart.
In one moment it’s ripped away from them: the only thing keeping them young; the only thing keeping them shielded from the world. It’s the mother watching her fatherless daughter cry over his coffin. It is the boy being slapped by his loving father for the first time. I That thing is known as “loss of innocence”, but is it really a loss? All one loses is their naivety and artlessness.
The Great Gatsby is a novel written by F. Scott Fitzgerald and narrated by a man named Nick Carraway. This novel was written with the intent of showing the readers how morally corrupt the 1920s were. Throughout the novel, characters abandon their moral values for a materialistic lifestyle. The novel depicts a great picture of the roles men and women played in the 1920s. Even with the changing roles of men and women, they continued to rely heavily on whom they were married to and what social class they belonged to.
Even though Jordan Baker represents one of the “new women” of the 1920s she is still subject to levels of disrespect. She manages herself in a forward thinking way which shows that she possesses self-respect and knows her value as a member of society. Jordan “need not be bothered by a mere summer romance while Nick” (Hays). Her independence is what makes her so powerful, but also causes her to be looked down on by society. When Nick says, “And you oughtn 't to drive at all” he shows how he does not believe that women are responsible enough to drive a car or take care of themselves (Fitzgerald 58).
Women in The Great Gatsby Throughout the 1920’s, the role women played in society was changing. Fitzgerald shows this in The Great Gatsby by the characters: Daisy, and Jordan. The morals and iimages of the woman changed. During this time period females began to go against the “norms” of society.
F. Scott Fitzgerald’s 1925 novel, The Great Gatsby, is full of themes of wealth, love, and tragedy. Also during the time this book was written, women’s suffrage had begun, so women were taking their first steps towards equality with men. The three main women characters in the novel: Daisy Buchanan, Myrtle Wilson, and Jordan Baker, all have things in common but can be vastly different; they reflect the view of women in the early 20th century. The Great Gatsby portrays the characters Daisy, Myrtle, and Jordan as stereotypes of women during the 1920s, seen in their behavior, beliefs, and their ultimate fate.
Jordan represents Fitzgerald 's theme of decay. She shows the corruption of the American dream and the decay of morality in the 1920s. Jordan’s significance in the novel is to play love interest for Nick and to tell us the story of Gatsby and Daisy. She is the one who is always there seeming to lurk and is very observant. She serves the purpose of filling in plot holes for the reader and an explanation to things that are unknown to us as the readers.